Satara | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi addressed a rally in Satara for the upcoming Assembly Elections in Maharashtra and attacked the opposition over its advertisement of Rafale saying that it ‘hurts nationalism’.

"We took decisions for national integration which the earlier governments did not have guts to take," said PM Modi.

Hitting out at the Congress and NCP, the Prime Minister said that they have opposed decisions taken for national security and integration, which caused a "deep hurt" to Satara district, which sends the maximum number of soldiers in the Indian Army.

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"In the land of 'rashtra rakshaks' (protectors of nation), there is no place for those who speak against the national interest. Your excitement, energy is making the opposition lose its sense," said PM Modi.

He further said that the Congress and the NCP have questioned the bravery of soldiers and they do not understand the national sentiment.

"They even spread mispropaganda against Rafale (fighter jet deal with France) and their stand on abrogation of Article 370 has hurt the people of Satara. They leave no chance to malign (Hindutva ideologue) Veer Savarkar," he said.

"They have been taught a lesson in the Lok Sabha elections and now Maharashtra and Haryana will also punish them severely (in the Assembly polls)," the Prime Minister added.

Speaking about NCP chief Sharad Pawar, PM Modi said that he did not contest Lok Sabha polls from Satara as he knew which way the "wind was blowing".

He also said that it felt like a pilgrimage to visit Satara, the native place of his 'guru' Laxmanrao Inamdar.

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He further said that his government has adhered to warrior king Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj's principles of nationalism and national security and possesses the strength to give a befitting reply to those having "evil designs" against India.

"In the last five years, the Centre and the state government have adhered to the values of Shivaji Maharaj. Nationalism and national security is our top priority. Those having evil designs against the country will be given a befitting reply," he said.

This was PM Modi’s second rally of the day. Earlier, he addressed a rally in Maharashtra’s Parli where he expressed confidence that the BJP will break all victory records in the October 21 Maharashtra Assembly elections.

Elections in Maharashtra will be held along with Haryana on October 21 and the fate of the candidates will be announced on October 24.

(With PTI inputs)

Posted By: Aalok Sensharma